Life has been kind of crazy. Well first, for a week at the end of August, Chad and I went on vacation. It was really nice to get away. We rented a little cabin in the woods in PA and just relaxed. We did some hiking, took some scenic drives, went to a few gift shops, stopped in at a winery, had a campfire every night (with s'mores!), and did a whole lot of just sitting around relaxing. The weather didn't cooperate the whole time, but the cabin was cozy and we brought some good books with us. It was a very nice, relaxing vacation. And now here's some pictures.
|Red Spotted Purple butterfly (can't decide why they call it that, but there you have it)|
|Some sort of cute tree frog.|
|Chad climbing up his favorite boulder.|
|Chad next to a little creek at the bottom of a huge hill we climbed.|
|Me next to the same creek!|
|Old nonworking fountain.|
|Pretty wooded trail.|
|Sunbeam in a part of the forest called the Forest Cathedral.|
|The trees in this forest are some of the oldest stands of trees in the eastern US. They've been untouched for 400 years.|
|The trail was quite hilly. We climbed up 1000+ feet and then had to come back down.|
|At the bottom was a pretty creek with at least a dozen bridges over it.|
|And here's the creek.|
|Here's the winery we went to. It was very nice.|
|The fires were always nice. Relaxing, quite, warm, and it was fun to build them.|
|Inky cap mushrooms, so called because they start melting into black goo after a couple days.|
|Some sort of shelf fungus.|
|THE hugest millipede I've ever seen. It was as thick as my pinky and twice as long.|
Well, I've never had so many pears before. It was an amazing year for pears, and this is the first year I've picked my neighbor's yard. So for literally a whole week, I did just about nothing but work on pears. Peeled, cored, cut up, cooked, canned. I made canned pear halves in extra light syrup, pear sauce, pear jelly, pear preserves, pear salsa, and pear conserve. I ended up with something like 24 quarts of canned pears, and like 10 pounds of pear trimmings in my compost pile.
|Two bushels of pears turned into 24 quarts of canned goods. Also, my MIL made me that quilt!|
I've been having trouble getting back into the swing of the low carb way of life. Chad and I didn't go overboard on our vacation. We tended to eat very smart low carb meals, but we did splurge like every day. There was always s'mores at night around the fire, and there was ice cream a couple of times. It's especially going to be difficult getting back into the sugar free lifestyle because September is our month of celebration. We've already had one birthday party (my 5 year old nephew), and my birthday is Sunday. Then there's our anniversary, and then Chad's birthday. And my niece is about ready to have her baby, so there will probably be another birthday in September soon. Ugh.
So I think I caught you all up on just about everything going on in my life lately. I hope I can get back into the swing of writing regularly. I'd hate to lose you guys :)